By Greg Price
Taber peewee “AA” Golden Suns rang in the New Year with two victories over the weekend in South Central Alberta Hockey League competition to push its record to an impressive 18-4, good enough for second in the South division behind Lethbridge Hurricanes White (20-1-1).
The first game was a 6-3 doubling of Bow Valley Timberwolves Black on the road on Saturday.
Cash Regan and Kolby James each had two goals, with Tristan Miller and Nolan Price notching singles. Carson Haynes drew two assists and Gerret Harty and Miller drew single assists. Brayden Peters faced 20 shots on net to earn the win.
“We outshot Bow Valley pretty bad, we definitely carried the play. The score could have been a lot worse, we outshot them like 50-something to 20,” said Clark Hughson, head coach of the Taber peewee “AA” Golden Suns. “That’s part of our game plan, moving our feet and we are really hungry for the puck. We play with pace and we keep our shifts short. It’s a fast brand of hockey that really wears teams down.”
Taber peewee “AA” Golden Suns continued on to trounce Badlands Longhorns 13-1 at the Taber Arena on Sunday.
James, Derek Tonin, Kalem Haney and Derrien Tonin each tickled the twine twice. Price, Colby Garner, Quade Hughson, Miller and Regan all had singles.
Garner, Harty, Haney, Quade Hughson, and Derrien Tonin each had two helpers apiece. J.D. Hall, Price, James and Tyran Kiss all had single assists.
Blake Vaselnak had a quiet day in net, facing only nine shots to secure the victory.
Taber peewee “AA” Golden Suns have a busy upcoming SCAHL weekend with road games against Okotoks Oilers Green and Southwest Rockies on Friday and Saturday respectively and then return home against the Lethbridge Hurricanes White on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Taber Arena in a marquee match up of the top-two teams in the South Division.
“They have a pretty wicked powerplay, so we have to stay out of the box,” said Hughson of one of the keys to victory for the Suns for the game Sunday. “We have to play with our fast pace and wear them down. They only have one line that does most of their scoring, so we have to be responsible defensively on that line. That will be a good one and we hope the fans will come out.”
As far as how the peewee Suns have performed to date as it makes its way into 2015, Hughson is looking for more consistency from his team in handling each game the same.
“From here on in we need to play every game like it’s important and it’s going to be the championship on the line with the hunger and tenacity on the puck,” said Hughson.
BANTAM: Taber bantam “AA” Golden Suns split its two SCAHL games starting off with a 6-1 loss to Red Deer Steel Kings on Friday at the Taber Arena.
James Halverson scored the lone tally for the bantam Suns with assists from Mason Sande and Daylen Parker. Dalton Demers faced 35 shots on net in the loss.
The team bounced back with a 7-2 win against Southwest Rockies on Sunday on the road.
Daylen Parker tallied twice and Halverson, Hayden Mack, Tanner Turcato, Kolten Heins, and Mason Sande had singles. Mack also drew three assists and Sande had two. Turcato, Kyle Hulit, Halverson, Bryce Feldbusch, Quinn Slezak, William Wallace and Haysyn Ostrup had single assists.
Carson Adams faced 13 shots on net to earn the win.
Taber bantam “AA” Golden Suns host Airdrie Lightning at the Taber Arena on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
MIDGET: Taber midget “AA” Golden Suns skated to a tie and a win in SCAHL play on the weekend.
The tie was a 4-4 draw with Airdrie Lightning on the road on Saturday.
Austyn Moser, Logan Wiebe, Jedd Horvath and Brandon Langridge scored for the midget Suns. Moser and Dylan Heppler both had two assists with single helpers going to Mack Honess, Clay Nevil, and Riese Nevil.
Broc Merkl faced 31 shots on net to preserve the tie.
Taber midget “AA” Golden Suns proceeded to beat CRAA Gold 5-3 on the road on Sunday.
Langridge had two tallies and Horvath, Riese Nevil and Heppler had singles. Moser drew three assists with Langridge notching two. Single assists went to Justin Tams, Horvath and Nick Badura.
Dylan Swanson faced 31 shots on net to earn the win.
Taber midget “AA” Golden Suns have a busy weekend of SCHAL play coming up with a home game against Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Taber Arena on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. The team then hits the road on Saturday and Sunday with games against Foothills Bisons and Lacombe Rockets respectively.